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post #3 of Old 09-08-2003
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Online at sea---cheapest way to get online while at sea

The best bet for reasonable cost is probably the cell network. Verizon, SPrint and others have improved cell data coverage quite a bit. Verizon has the "Express Network". It is $80 per month for unlimited access. Data rates are much better than the old 14.4 or 19.2 from the old cell network. In fact, data rates usually approximate twice dialup speed, or more than 100KBPS. If you check the Verizon web site, it will explain coverage. Unfortunately, it doesn''t cover all US coastal areas, and certainly not far out to sea. I have the Sierra PCMCIA card for my laptop, which has a built-in antenna, and it gives direct Internet access. Coverage in the northeast and Florida seems good. I use it in Tampa and Orlando, including in the car. Yesterday, we fired it up on the boat in Tampa Bay and checked out some stuff on the Internet.

Anyone else have other thoughts?
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